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Celeste Heiter's Adventures in Asian Food & Film

Tako Tsukemono

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This Month's Film: Woman in the Dunes
Cuisine: Japanese

Every great Japanese meal begins with a light and fresh palate teaser called Tsukemono. The word means 'vinegared things', and for mine, I chose cucumbers and baby octopus tentacles marinated in a rice wine vinegar dressing, and sprinkled with sesame seeds. I boiled the octopus tentacles for about 40 minutes to ensure that they would be tender, and marinated them with the cucumbers in rice vinegar overnight. A delightful beginning for the Osaka-style feast to follow.

The recipe will be posted at the end of the month along with my 'Woman in the Dunes' film review.

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